Geology 10 (Physical Geology)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 5: Weathering, Exam #1


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Discuss the difference between chemical weathering and mechanical weathering

  • Distinguish between weathering, erosion and transportation

  • Give examples or discuss of each type of mechanical weathering: frost action, pressure release, plant growth, burrowing, thermal cycling

  • Discuss and give examples of common reactions that cause chemical weathering: oxidation, acid dissolution

  • Describe how feldspars and ferromagnesian minerals react differently with chemical weathering

  • Be familiar with soil forming processes

  • Draw and label a typical soil profile

Review for the test
You should use several tools to review for the test:

1) Go over your notes

2) Repeat step #1

3) Review chapters in the textbook

4) Take practice quizzes on-line (please don't send them to me unless I assign them!)

5) Use review and summaries at the end of each chapter

6) Make sure you know terms and concepts on the study guide:

Study guide for test #1


Homework for week #5
Study for Exam #1:  Review chapter summaries, take practice quizzes, review your notes, read the book!

You may want to do the practice quiz in Chapter 5 (Weathering), but I won't collect it or count the grade.

You will need a scantron form for the test:  Scantron #4521

You can get this scantron form at the bookstore.  You will need at least 3 of these scantron forms this semester.

Reading Assignments

From Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley, Physical Geology, 13th edition

Chapter 5- Weathering


Powerpoint graphics used during lectures


Week 5 graphics